Friday, March 27, 2009

Swords Into Plowshares


“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Dwight Eisenhower, 1961

Ike was right. But people need something to do, and a lot of people need projects they can believe in. The problem is that the “defence” or “defense” industries are the “killing people and breaking things” (KPABT) industries (an apt description whose source I can't locate; help me, people), which is unproductive. There's a good reason for this of course, which is that such industries were apparently essential in the previous and ultimately successful struggle against Total Totalitarian Evil (TTE) and were therefore Killing People And Breaking Things In The Public Interest (KPABYITBI). Obviously, I'm being seriously influenced by reading The Mogambo Guru.

The Guru's point is well taken though, as anyone reading ISAF documents will see: words are few and acronyms are frequent.

The trouble is that the American MIC seems to have insidiously taken over NATO, and fused itself to NATO MIC's, resulting in a multiheaded international MIC whose loyalty is to itself rather than any civilian government, and which sends off shoots into places like the Middle East. Furthermore, the NATO MIC has as its reason for being the opposition of MIC's in places like Iran, China and Russia, thus creating mirror image MIC's with the same reason for being. The total budget for the WW-MIC is incalculable, but large.

The idea of suddenly abandoning this enterprise is not practical. For one thing, the American MIC is Socialism Militant, an organization that provides welfare, medical benefits, education, and research money to a considerable fraction of the American population not otherwise protected. Furthermore, the American MIC has fused itself to the legislative branch, The Best Congress Money Can Buy (TBCMCB), and the corruption runs deep.

I therefore propose a Stealth Initiative of Subversion (SIS) to turn the WW-MIC to other purposes. The goals of this initiative might be as follows:

1.To land, as a matter of urgency, a vehicle on Mars capable of transporting a wheelchair-bound ex-Vice President of the United States, and to return safely to Earth without him.
2.To establish a powerful laser on the far side of the Moon, to signal neighboring galactic and intergalactic bodies deemed at high risk for producing hostile forces.
3.To establish a United Nations Special Forces base on Venus, with the object of intercepting intergalactic hostile forces whose attention would be distracted by a high powered laser on the Moon.
4.To establish an Asteroid Degrading Capability (ADC) on Pluto.

Obviously, much work needs to be done. Only intense co-operation as demonstrated by the International Space Station (ISS) will suffice.